Merry Christmas From France: How we celebrated as expats abroad

(Joyeux Noël) Merry Christmas From France

Happy Holidays everyone.

I can’t send everyone I know a card so I thought I would pull together some photos and write a very quick post today wishing you all happy holidays and a Merry Christmas From France.

Here is it, from our family to yours a very cheesy family photo Christmas card.

CHEEEZE. Or as they say in France WISTITIiiiiiii

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Our Christmas was not much different than normal with the exception that we were in France. We ate, drank, Santa came and we opened presents.

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Little Train That picked Up Santa Claus

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Santa Claus being taken to his sled

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Roast Beef: Diner for Christmas day

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Christmas Morning: Crepes and Nutella

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Christmas Tree: Mostly found or homemade ornaments

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Note from Santa Claus thanking us for leaving him a cake to eat

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Anticipation

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Catherine opening up a gift: French version of Operation

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Wearing New clothes

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Festivities around our town in France

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Cotton Candy for 30 days straight

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Even big kids love cotton candy

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This is the Christmas market 1/2 block from where we live. CROWDED

There were over 100 chalets in the centre of town selling what seemed like everything under the son from cinnamon covered churros, cotton candy the size of a small sheep, silky scarves, unique gifts from Provence, chocolate, nougat and other various hand crated goodies. It was open for 30 days in our town of La Garde from November 30’th to December 30th. It is the biggest of it’s kind for the Var Region.

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Blake and I drinking Vin Chaud (hot wine) with five spices

I think this originated from Germany because it is also called Gluehwein. Wherever it is from, it is simply delectable. You can make this at home with fruits, cinnamon and sugar. Here is a recipe for Gluehwein. Serve if for the holidays. MIAM MIAM

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Merry Christmas From France

Hope you had a great holiday..

Annie, Blake and family.

p.s.. I have severe bronchitis in this photo and feel like hell.

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